Variations on peanut butter sandwiches?
When defining American cuisine, I believe that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is more American than hamburgers ... or mom's apple pie.
Wiki writes on the standard variations
"Some variants add honey, chocolate or maple syrup, normal chocolate, the hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella, marshmallows, raisins, bananas, butter, marshmallow fluff, potato chips (UK: crisps), cheese, other dried fruit, or another slice of bread. Other less common variations include slices of fresh fruit besides bananas such as apples or strawberries."
For the most part I prefer it classic ... good sliced white bread with crust, peanut butter and straberry jam. Sometimes I'll toast the bread, but not usually.
I tried it grilled once, like a grilled cheese sandwich, but didn't care for it. The peanut butter was too runny and the whole thing was a greasy mess.
When I was a little kid ... get ready for the eeewww factor ... I would butter the bread, add cream cheese on one slice, peanut butter on the other and then jelly before slapping this together.
My "gourmet" variation ... raisin bread with peanut butter and fig jam.
Funny, yet seriously obsessive link on how to make the perfect peanut butter sandwich
"Avoid using thick bread like Texas Toast. You want to be able to taste the peanut butter and jelly, not get a mouthful of bread everytime you take a bite. The reason you want to use white bread, and not Whole Wheat, Rye or Italian, for example, is that the taste of the bread will interfere with the two most vital ingredients."
"Even if you like crunchy peanut butter, refrain from using it. The best PB&J sandwiches don't make much of a noise when you're eating them; you should only hear the smacking of your lips."
The Food Timeline website talks about the history of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich as well as some peanut butter sandwiches variations
Peanut Butter and Apricot Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Cabbage Sandwich
Peanutpine Sandwich (peanut butter, honey, walnuts, lettuce, pineapple
)Peanut Butter and Prune Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Orange Sandwich (orange juice & peel)
Peanut Buter and Ham Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Tomato Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Ginger Sandwich
Egg and Peanut Butter Sandwich
Peanut Butter & Cherry Sandwich
Peanut Butter and Chili Sandwich (on wheat)
Peanut Butter and Olive Sandwich (with mayo on white or rye)
Peanutraise Sandwich (raisins, peanut butter, brown sugar, salt, lemon juice & orange juice)
How do you like your peanut butter sandwhich?
My current fav is homemade sunflower butter, sliced honeycomb and grated cinnamon on a warmed (not toasted) slice of sourdough bread open face.
But smooth pb (lately, Justin's) on whole wheat with homemade whole fruit, strawberry jam and a drizzle of dark, thick balsamic vinegar is amazingly satisfying for lunch.
I enjoyed many PB & Mayo sammiches when I was a kid. My Grandma would eat them (sometimes with sweet relish, ack) and I started liking them, too. All of my friends thought it was pretty gross, except the guy whose Dad made him PB & Onion sandwiches. These days, I don't have them often, but when I do, it's a nubbly multigrain bread, super chunk PB and apricot preserves. Maybe I'll have that for dinner tonight instead of leftover pozole.
Yet another vote for bacon; my mom turned me onto PB, bacon, and lettuce sandwiches on whole wheat. Sounds gross but really works.
My favorite PB sandwich of all time for packed lunches is crunchy PB and honey on whole wheat, but only if made with enough honey that as it sits for a few hours the honey soaks into the bread and starts to crystallize - such great textures. If I didn't think ahead enough for this, my second favorite is crunchy PB with real (deli) American cheese, and if I'm feeling indulgent, Lay's original chips crushed inside.
And of course the classic Fluffernutter, though that's so sweet and indulgent that I only ever have it as a dessert. That's great with Lay's chips crushed inside too! Love desserts that are sweet and salty, crunchy and soft.
Favorite is crunchy, actually super crunchy on 12 grain (toasted) spread on both sides of the bread and homemade strawberry jam in the middle for lunch. Breakfast is toasted sourdough w/ again, super crunchy w/ thinly sliced ripe bananas. That breakfast will last me 'till dinner.
I used to eat creamy pb w/ sliced dill on white when I was a kid - haven't had that in years.
I'm surprised that grape jelly has only been mentioned once, while strawberry got 1001 mentions.
Grape is pretty basic on this sandwich, to me. Pineapple-apricot, orange marmalade, the deep purple berries--great too. Apple butter with peanut butter isn't so good, even though peanut butter spread on raw apples is truly fine.
Don't forget peanut butter and... butter (room temp).
Or just peanut butter on hot toast.
Some variations that I like:
PB + Chinese pork floss
PB + Crushed Dortios
PB + Guacamole
Chilled PB + Jelly (with a cup of warm apple cider or hot chocolate)
And no matter what variation, it's gotta be on white bread -- the more refined the flour the better -- and preferably Wonder bread.
i will kindly disagree about not using crunchy peanut butter. i love the combination of crunchy nuts smoothy peanut butter. i make peanut butter and banana sandwiches all the time....sometimes i'll add a lil granola or honey even. when it comes to jelly, i only use grape.
i like to warm my sandwiches slightly in the toaster, but not toast so they melt a lil without becoming crunchy. wrapping them in foil helps with this too & makes for easy cleanup if they happen to leak
re: Maggie Larkin
Not only do I prefer - in fact, insist on - crunchy PB, I disagree about the bread as well. I was for a while taking PB&J sandwiches to work for lunch, and my ultimate combo was crunchy PB and strawberry preserves on honey-wheatberry. Got so much stuff caught in my teeth I had something to chew on all afternoon …
When I was a kid I did NOT like peanut butter, hating the way it gummed up my mouth, but then I was introduced to PB and banana. Not only were the flavors wonderful together, but the banana lubricated the chewing mechanism very effectively.
My current peanut-butter sandwich of choice, a taste I'm told I inherited from my father, is the grilled PB (crunchy!) and cheese, preferably sharp cheddar.